The Carnival Victory Cruise: Well, the best I can say is it was Decent. The crew on board went out of their way to help us, but bottom line, there were things we shouldn’t have had to deal with.
We got a handicapped accessible cabin with a balcony. BUT. Ivylad could not get out onto the balcony in his wheelchair. You had to step over the door sill to get from the room to the balcony. Anna from Guest Services was great, but the first ramp the carpenters built was too steep. The second one worked, as it was more shallow and they built a deck so he could roll out onto the balcony from the ramp. However, you couldn’t shut the balcony door with the deck in place. I had to move it over so he could roll out and move it back when he was done. Anna told us to call guest services any time day or night when we needed it moved. Ivylad wanted to call them every time (to make the point) but I moved it myself a few times.
They confiscated our electric kettle base because it was a fire hazard (despite the fact that it’s self contained and won’t heat up unless the kettle part is sitting on top and the unit switched on) so we ordered hot water every day to make our coffee. The first morning, Ivylad was having trouble pouring and unscrewed the top. The inside was black and nasty and smelled of century old coffee. It looked like it had been used for coffee multiple times and never cleaned. We took it down to Guest Services and the lady there kept insisting it held coffee, when we told her no, it was hot water. Graciously, at dinner in the Atlantic Dining Room, the porter sought us out to apologize and gave us chocolate covered strawberries.
I take a shower one morning and being ecologically conscious, hang up the towel afterward for future use. There was a big brown stain on it. I’m hoping it was rust.
We had Mom Duty on Wednesday as we pulled into Freeport. Mom is ill but still wanted to do the cruise, so we let her sleep in our cabin as the IvySILs did their shore excursion. We did a bit of shopping in Freeport and came back to the cabin to check on Mom.
The key cards wouldn’t work.
I run down to Guest Services to get new key cards, but they wouldn’t work either. While I was gone Ivylad had asked a housekeeper to try, but their key wouldn’t work and they said the battery in the door was dead. I go down to Guest Services again and they send a technician up to change the battery in the door. We get in the room and Mom is still fast asleep.
The food was excellent and I am proud to say I hit my steps and calories burned goal every day. We did have one really sweet thing happen.
On Tuesday, Mom wanted to listen to music after dinner so we went out to the Lido deck for music and dancing. A young man came by yelling, “Help me, help me!” as two young ladies dragged him out to the dance floor. We laughed and said two pretty girls want to dance with you, so go.
A little while later he came up and asked IvySIL to dance. She begged off, saying she had to stay with Mom. So this kid says, “Let’s dance, Mom!” and wheels her out to the dance floor! The kids are whooping and cheering, admiring her nail polish and asking her name. Mom is dancing in her wheelchair and all the kids are copying her killer dance moves. It was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.
So overall, the experience was okay, but I don’t think we’ll go on Carnival again any time soon. I got a survey from Carnival and outlined most of our issues. We do know the day we pulled into port they were going right back out again that afternoon. Is that typical of cruise ships? I would think at least a day to make sure the ship is in good condition would be better, but we’re talking a max of what, an hour before they start embarking again?